My very first food memory is sitting in my mother’s kitchen eating German Pancakes. My mom was not the main cook in our house. A lot of the cooking in our home was done by my Dad who loved to cook. Mom did have, however, several signature dishes that were brilliant: German pancakes, fried bologna sandwiches (made from homemade bologna from my grandfather’s butcher shop), potato salad and blueberry cake.
When my siblings and I were in elementary school, she always made German Pancakes on report card day. We’d run up the hill to our house and the smell would hit us before we even opened the door. She’d fill us full of sugar and send us back to school. She was the best mother ever!
When we lost her last summer, I snagged her recipe box from my sisters (muhahahhaha) and brought it home with me. I’m planning on slowly working through her lovely vintage recipes one by one. I had a little mini breakdown when I came across some recipes in my handwriting I had given her that she had put in her recipe box. I miss her so much. I have lived across the country from her for 20 years and we had been losing her to Alzheimer’s for the last several, but it still hurts so much to know that she is no longer on the planet, that I can’t just pick up the phone and say hi whenever I want to.
This is my very favorite food from my childhood.Print
MOM’S GERMAN PANCAKES
A sweet treat!
1 C milk
2 t granulated sugar
1 1/2 C flour
1 t baking powder
1 t vanilla
Crisco or butter to fry
Confectioner’s sugar (lots)
Beat the eggs with the milk in a large bowl
Add flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and vanilla
Whisk until smooth
Plop a tablespoon or so of crisco in a skillet and let it heat up over medium heat
When it’s melted, pour in batter to make smallish pancakes (see pics below)
Let them cook on one side until they start to puff a little and turn golden brown, a minute or two is all it takes
Turn and let cook through on the other side
Miss you, mom…